Loyal Hatters fan presented with special shirt by Luton Town to mark his 100th birthday
A Hatters fan received a special Luton Town football shirt at Saturday's match against West Brom as he celebrated his 100th birthday
Fred Young, who still attends all the club's home and away games, turned 100 on Friday, January 31, and his birthday celebrations included travelling to the West Brom game on Saturday.
As well as receiving a telegram from The Queen, Fred also got a video message from former Hatters manager Mick Harford.
On Twitter Mick (@Mickharford) responded to Fred’s son who thanked the club and Mick for their kind gesture, he tweeted: “We thank you, your family and especially your father for all the support you have given to the football club. #COYH”
Fred said: "I was over the moon when Andrew Shinnie presented me with the shirt, and when the away fans gave me a round of applause and a standing ovation I was lost for words, I could not believe it.
"The birthday message from Mick Harford was terrific, I've met him before and he is one of the nicest people I have ever met."
Despite Saturday's result Fred had a great birthday and the celebrations continued on Sunday at a party with his family and friends.
Fred's son, Steve Young, said: "He has had a great weekend celebrating and it was great to see him on the pitch with the shirt from the club, it was a really special moment for him.
"It is quite something for a man who is 100 to still be going to all the home and away games.
"He lives by himself in Welwyn Garden City but has been a fan of Luton Town since he was seven.
"He always talks about a game against Newcastle where the team were losing 3-0 and came back to win 4-3, that game sticks out as one of his favourites."
Although Fred reckons he is unlikely to watch the Hatters play at the new stadium he is excited about the future of the club.
Steve added: "He is ecstatic about the new stadium, he says that he doesn't think he will still be around to go to the games at the new stadium, but he thinks it is great news for the club and a step in the right direction for the future of the club."